Detroit’s chief public health officer on Friday issued an order that maintains the state’s rules for wearing facial coverings to combat COVID-19.

Mayor Mike Duggan and the city’s Public Health Officer Denise Fair announced the move during a news conference livestreamed from the city’s Public Safety Headquarters downtown.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan (Photo: Clarence Tabb Jr., Detroit News file)

The move is intended to clear up confusion over rules for wearing masks in public and limiting the number of people in gatherings after a Michigan Supreme Court decision last week struck down Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s authority to establish mandates. 

Duggan said the city’s public health officer was issuing the order to maintain Whitmer’s emergency orders.

“What we are doing is making sure that the steps the governor has taken continue to protect the city,” the mayor said. “We are going to make sure the city has certainty and continuity.”